Bulbs, switches and sensors, oh my....what to buy (device class features FAQ)

Sorry, what do you mean by “multi-switch”?

Not sure if this is what you’re looking for https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M1AHC3R/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_oY4QBbJQBR9N7

Have you considered using one of zwave switches that supports tap, double tap, and triple tap? That gives you the equivalent of three “buttons” on one single gang switch and they work quite well with SmartThings.

At least single tap and double tap are supported on switches from a number of manufacturers now, including the newest GE zwave switches, Homeseer, and Inovelli.

Multi-switch I meant having more than one switch (2 or 3 light switches) in one 1-gang switch.

THanks, I think you got the point. I was hoping for three separate buttons (makes it easy for the wife) but if that is all that is available, I can consider that. I do have an Inovelli I haven’t installed yet which has scene buttons.

Point is some of the wiring in my house has multiple loads going out to different lights from one gange socket. I was hoping to replace with a decent stable smart one that can have multilples loads connected to it (besides the usual line (hot) and neutral).

Yes, switches like these below have that but ewelink has been a nightmare for me (IFTTT failures and switches turning off by themselves which sucks if its a bathroom switch) :frowning:

example multi switch in 1-gang box size

I found this product which uses Smart Life instead of ewelink. Not sure if it is reliable but I seem to have better luck with Smart Life plugs than any ewelink switch. Although it’s not direct integration, maybe this is the only thing I can find :frowning:

Multi-Switch that uses Smart Life

What I mean is a switch (wifi, zwave or ZigBee,) that has two or more Load inputs that go to different lights and the switch fits in a one gang in wall box. Easy to integrate to ST. I’m looking to replace the ewelink switches which are terrible in my case.

Hi @ecallegari,

Have you ever seen the Neo CoolCam wall switch? It uses Zwave and they fit in a single gang wall box.

Take a look at this msg

For any questions…

Grtn Ben

Hi @benerkens

Thanks so much! They do have a U.S. size 1 gang switch with two buttons and two loads. That maybe the best one I’ve seen and already has integration with Smartthings.

For those who need the amazon link:
Neo Z-wave light switch

I’ll keep reading about it but I’m happy to see at least one product that meets these requirements. Haven’t seen any other.

A quick word on budget brands in zwave light switches that have come out since this thread was originally started.

In addition to GE, I would definitely look at in Inovelli and Zooz. Both tend to be less expensive than the GE but using newer technology. (And if you are on a really tight budget and you have a lot of three-way switches, some Zooz models can be wired with one master switch and use your existing dumb accessory switches, an additional cost savings.)

Zooz is a house brand for the Smartest House. You can normally get your best price from them, and if you need a dozen or more write to them and see if they can get you a quantity discount.


Inovelli are available through Amazon or through their own site and come in a number of different models.


Both companies have representatives who are active on these forums and you can find a lot of threads about the products. :sunglasses:


Thread about garage door tilt sensors. (Not door openers or controllers: just the sensor.)

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Excellent post by @veeceeoh (post 10 in the thread) on how Xiaomi devices do and don’t work with SmartThings

FAQ: Help! New to smartThings: will Xioami sensors work?

The following thread discusses options for an inwall receptacle where the two sockets can be independently controlled. Not plug-in modules.

Before anybody gets too excited, while there is one model that works in the UK and one model that works in the US, they both rely on IFTTT for integration with SmartThings. So cloud to cloud. Interestingly, they both also offer HomeKit integration, so if you happen to use iOS devices you can use that as a local backup. But otherwise, yes, cloud-dependent.




I have 19 overhead lights in my basement, which are currently controlled by 4 switches (no 3-way). All of the lights currently have Osram Color Temperature bulbs installed.

I want to install smart switches, and wire the fixtures to be always on and simply control using Smartthings rather than directly to the switch. I will then use the multi tap and hold features of the Homeseer switches to trigger scenes in Smartthings across all of the lights.

Can I buy Homeseer HS-WA100+ switches (add-ons) instead of HS-WS100+ switches? I know that if I were using the switches to control load to the fixture, I would need WS100+, but I am not doing that here.

The add-on’s are about $20 less so I was hoping to save if they met my needs. I specifically want to have multi-tap and press/hold features on each light switch.

2019 thread discussing “stackable” pocketsockets, that is ones that will not block the other outlet.

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As of this writing, all of the sirens on the official compatibility list are zwave. The following 2019 thread has a discussion of some Wi-Fi and zigbee siren options if anybody needs those:

Discussion of battery powered lights in the following thread:

Good discussion

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New 2019 FAQ on switches that don’t require a neutral wire:

FAQ on zigbee light switches that work with smartthings:

2019 Thread on Pocketsockets, since a number of new models have come out since this thread began:

Smart Plugs— what’s your favorite? (2019)